Computer Freezing

November 13, 2009 at 17:36:53
Specs: Win98, 256Ram
My computer is freezing up...I had to turn it off...and sometimes it is a hour or so before it will boot back up...the power button turns yellow instead of green :( can anyone help me...
Also I am still running WinME...Can I load windowsxp on this computer
thanks for any help

Hope


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#1
November 13, 2009 at 19:23:31
Probably, most ME computers surpassed the minimium hardware requirements for XP. Of course it might be kinda slow. But installing XP won't fix the freezing as that's a hardware problem.

The freezing may be a problem with the power supply. If you can swap it out with another you may be able to tell for sure.

Help me Jebus!


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#2
November 13, 2009 at 19:51:29
Thanks...Do you have any idea why my sound want work? :(

Hope


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#3
November 13, 2009 at 22:10:44
Usually that would be a problem with the drivers or, if it's on-board audio rather than an added card, it may be disabled in cmos/bios setup. You can check in device manager and see if there are any problems associated with the audio.

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#4
November 17, 2009 at 13:52:14
XP with just 256MB RAM will run like crap.

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#5
January 26, 2010 at 09:43:44
The original problem (power light goes yellow instead of green, and computer will not bootup for at least an hour) sounds like an overheating fault. This might be cured by installing a case fan, inside the tower case (on a desktop or tower PC), or replacing a faulty CPU fan or faulty case fan.

The power supply unit (PSU) is relatively unlikely to suffer from this sort of overheating fault, unless its internal fan has seized completely (which would be very obvious, since it is likely to simply result in a rapid PSU failure).

Sound is often controlled by a motherboard chip, so a sound fault might be related to the overheating problem. If it is not, however, read this page: http://www.annoyances.org/exec/foru...

Windows XP is a very large program (bloatware, IMHO) compared to Windows ME. A WinME system will struggle to run WinXP and will certainly run *very* slowly.


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#6
August 3, 2010 at 01:59:16
hello..
I had to turn it off...and sometimes it is a hour or so before it will boot back up...the power button turns yellow instead of green :( can anyone help me...
Also I am still running WinME...Can I load windowsxp on this computer
thanks for any help


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#7
August 3, 2010 at 14:28:43
Probably best to start a new thread in the hardware forum.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation


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#8
August 4, 2010 at 15:17:04
The only thing I can think of is cleaning the inside of the computer, as most likely LOTS of dust will have accumulated over it's 10 YEARS of use!

Just get a can of compressed air and blast the dust deposits building up on the heatsinks!


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#9
August 4, 2010 at 22:43:49
mmm - overheating possibly; as suggested above - remove power, open case and blow air through/across the whole system; and/or also vacuum it too ?

Check cooling fans (power supply and cpu) are actually running when system powered up; you can do this with case removed...

If a system has overheated a few times - and the cpu especially... all manner of startup and run problems may occur; RAM likewise...

It is remotely possible the psu (per-supply) is also failing... If you're happy with a voilt/test meter and know where to check volts etc... you "could" check motherboard votlages and see if they are correct.. Likewise the psu itself on and off load (connected to the motherboard and not connected). And the other way to check a psu is to substitute a "known to be OK" one in its place?

However I suspect you may not be happy/willing to cary out the volts tests etc., and/or try another psu? If so... then a local PC techie may help?


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